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December 30, 2013

Have you really died to self? and where does it show?

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Luke 9:23 says, “Take up his cross daily”;
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that doeth the will of my Father, who is in heaven” (Matt. 7:21).;
Matthew 16:24-27 “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels, and then he shall reward every man according to his works.”;
Matthew 10:37-39–“He that loveth father or mother more than me, is not worthy of me; and he that loveth son or daughter more than me, is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it; and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.”
2. Mark 10:21–“Jesus, beholding him [the rich young ruler], loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest; go thy way, sell whatever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow me.”
3. Luke 14:25-27–“There went great multitudes with him [Christ]; and he turned, and said unto them, If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.”
4. John 12:24-25–Jesus said, “Except a grain of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone; but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.”
Matthew 16:24-27 is an oft-repeated principle. Even the apostle Paul said, “We must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22). You will never understand what it means to be a disciple of Christ until you grasp the principle of winning by losing.;
Colossians 3:9-10 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.;
Romans 6:1-23 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.;
Habakkuk 2:18 What profiteth the graven image that the maker thereof hath graven it; the molten image, and a teacher of lies, that the maker of his work trusteth therein, to make dumb idols?
Gatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Matthew 8:20 Jesus tells a would-be disciple that “foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of man has not where to lay his head.” How really different is this from the lifestyle of the rich and famous TV preachers, evangelists..
THE REALITY IS THAT TOO MANY CHRISTIANS ARE STILL LIVING IN THE KINGDOM OF SELF, HAVE NOT DIED TO SELF.. THEY ARE STILL NARCISSUS. There is still the false current trend in much of contemporary Christianity toward self-centered consumption.
“ Common Traits of the self-centered life:
A secret spirit of pride – an exalted feeling because of our success, position, training, appearance, natural gifts or abilities; an important, independent spirit; stiffness and preciseness.
Carnal fear – being afraid of what others may think of us; shrinking from our duty (especially by those of wealth or position); reasoning around our cross; fearfulness that someone will offend and drive away some prominent person; compromising our principles to stay on someone’s good side.
A jealous disposition – a secret spirit of envy; an unpleasant sensation when another is prosperous or successful; a disposition to speak of the faults and failings of those more talented and appreciated than ourselves, instead of their gifts and virtues, in order to make ourselves look better, more discerning, or sophisticated.
Love of human praise – a secret desire to be noticed or given credit; enjoyment of praise or flattery; feeling badly when we weren’t thanked; drawing attention to ourselves and our accomplishments in conversation; liking to be at the head of things.
 
A dishonest, deceitful disposition – evading the truth; covering up our real faults; leaving a better impression of ourselves than is strictly true; false humility; exaggeration; straining the truth.
Anger or impatience – (which we justify by calling it righteous indignation or nervousness); a touchy, sensitive spirit; resentment or retaliation when disapproved of or contradicted; a desire to throw sharp, heated, or barbed comments; becoming provoked over people, animals, or objects that will not co-operate with our desires; losing our temper when we’ve run out of arguments, so that our opponent will back off and we’ll still win; unexpressed stirrings of envy, jealousy, revenge, bitterness, or anger.
Self-will – a stubborn, unteachable spirit; an arguing, talkative spirit; harsh, sarcastic expressions; an unyielding, headstrong disposition; a driving, commanding spirit; criticizing and picking flaws when set aside and not noticed; a peevish, fretful spirit; loving to be coaxed and humoured; becoming miffed when we cannot have our own way, when others do better than us, when taken to task by someone in authority, when not put first, when not appreciated, or when others are advanced over us; sulking when slighted, imposed upon, insulted.
Stinginess – falling out with others over trifles; giving as little as possible; taking the best and leaving the rest for others; seeking the easiest tasks; love of money; love of ease.
Self-justification – desiring always to be right, and finding it painful to be proven wrong; feeling sore at losing a contest, game, argument, or election; being embarrassed when others point out our mistakes; being unable to say “I was wrong, please forgive me”; immediately blaming another when we are accused; excusing our own erroneous actions while magnifying the faults of others; rationalizing our failures by pointing to unfavourable circumstances when it was really our fault; believing that no-one can do it as well as we can; desiring the last word.”
Coming to Jesus Christ to get the material things is  prostitution. It is true that when you come to Christ you receive and continue to receive blessings from Him. But there must be a cross before a crown, suffering before glory, and sacrifice before reward. That is what our Lord teaches in Matthew 16:24-27. We are called to win by losing all, note all!.
Many people falsely still today wish to identify themselves with Christianity only for what they can get out of it for themselves and not what they can contribute to it. They view Jesus as a utilitarian genie, fulfilling every whim.. lusts, false desires of theirs.  So many here also do day say that Jesus wants to make them firstly  healthy, wealthy, prosperous and happy. If you are not all those things, then it is falsely  supposed that they  don’t have enough faith to appropriate what’s theirs. They here falsely claim Christianity is designed so you can get everything you speak, everything you do need and want.. They falsely do promote the get without the give, and the free gain without the pain. They will even char, lies, steal to get it and falsely justify. Self-esteem promoters tell us Jesus came to boost our self-image. But they have fallen victim to narcissism–the pervasive self-love of contemporary society.;
In Matthew 8:; verse 21 Jesus tells the disciples He would have to go to Jerusalem and be killed. The disciples never listened to the rest of what Jesus said after that; they heard only the shocking prophecy of His death. Verses 22-23 say, “Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord; this shall not be unto thee. But [Jesus] turned and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan.” Jesus recognized the real attacker. Peter was merely a tool: Satan had been trying to divert Christ from the cross ever since he first tempted Him in the wilderness (Matt. 4:1-11).; How different is this the Peter,  Judas as well reaction  today of  the many who falsely justify the prosperity Gospel? Not at all.. In verse 23 Christ categorizes Peter’s attitude: “Thou art an offense unto me; for thou savorest not the things that are of God, but those that are of men.” Peter offended Christ because he was following a worldly train of thought. Men of the world want gain without pain, a crown without the cross, glory without suffering, and a reward without sacrifice. But according to God the opposite is true. Whether incarnate in the Son or alive in the hearts of His people, God cannot exist in the midst of an anti-God society without generating some hostility. That’s why 2 Timothy 3:12 says, “All that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” Peter still did not understand that holiness in the midst of an unholy society will always still create a negative reaction.;
Matthew 16:24 says, “Let him deny himself.” The Greek word translated “deny” means “to disown.” Verse 24 could be translated, “Let him refuse any association or companionship with himself.” Jesus is not referring to your conscious self. You must reach the point where you are willing to deny that you have the capacity to save yourself, or to be what God wants you to be. To come to Christ you must affirm that no good thing dwells in your flesh (Rom. 7:18), acknowledging you contribute nothing to your redemption.” The self-esteem cults that propagate love of self take people away from the message of the Bible. The more you love yourself, the less likely you are to sense your need for a Savior. To disown yourself is the first essential in the Christian life. That’s the way you come to Christ, and that’s the way you continue to live.; Paul also said, “We … worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh” (Phil. 3:3). When you come to Christ, you must do so on His terms: self-denial.;
The disciple is not above his teacher, nor the servant above his lord. It is enough for the disciple that he be like his teacher, and the servant like his lord. He warned His disciples that they would be persecuted (v. 23) .Count the costs beforehand.. Matthew 10:24-25–Jesus said;The disciple is not above his teacher, nor the servant above his lord. It is enough for the disciple that he be like his teacher, and the servant like his lord. He warned His disciples that they would be persecuted (v. 23) Matthew 10:34-36–Jesus continued, “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth; I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.”;
Matthew 20: 27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:
Narcissism  is used to describe a person characterized by harshness, egotism, vanity, pride, or selfishness.
Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a serious personal personality disorder in  which the individual is   excessively preoccupied with issues of personal needs, wants, desires, adequacy, power, prestige and even  vanity..
Persons diagnosed with a Narcissistic Personality Disorder are characterized by unwarranted, false  feelings of self-importance. They are aggressors who have  an abnormal sense of entitlement and demonstrate grandiosity in their beliefs and behavior. They have a over inflated strong need for admiration of others, but meanwhile lack feelings of love, care, concerns empathy for others. Like the case of a father who buys a nice new car for himself while his own son suffers in poverty. These negative  qualities are usually defenses against a deep feeling of inferiority and of being in the past rejected, unloved. Example- Rebuked in a marriage proposal.
The concept of Narcissus, excessive selfishness has been recognized negative through the Bible  throughout history. Narcissism is usually considered a major problem in a person or group’s relationships with self and others.
These  people who are pathologically narcissistic, are very much controlling, blaming, self-absorbed, intolerant of others’ views, unaware of others’ needs as well.,  obvious self-focused in interpersonal exchanges, problems in sustaining, satisfying relationships. lack of love to others, no emotional attachments, difficulty with empathy, clear problems distinguishing the self from others, manifest a hypersensitivity to any insults  real or imagined insults, criticism and manifests often rage and objects to narcissistic injury, napoleon complex,  use contempt to minimize the other person, can resort to physical abuse of others quite easily, inability to process shame in healthy ways.; gentleness only to those who admire and affirm them , detesting those who do not admire them , use other people without considering the cost of doing so, imposters, hypocrites, pretending to be more important even to all others over what they really are, self promoter, mostly, takes advantage of others to reach own imposed goals, always expects to be recognized as superior and special, without any real even  superior accomplishments, falsely expects constant attention, admiration and positive reinforcement of their goodness  from others; arrogant in attitudes and behavior, expectations of special treatment that are unrealistic, often lying, ragging  and exaggerate of their achievements, values, effects., claiming to be a genius,  “expert” at all things, clearly cold, unloving, fruitless, inability to view the world from the perspective of other people, clear denial of any wrong doings,  guilt, remorse and evident no  gratitude.
Narcissists hold unreasonable and false expectations of particularly favorable treatment form all others and the related automatic compliance because they consider falsely do themselves special above all others. Failure to comply to praising them is considered a personal  attack on  them, their superiority, and the unacceptable perpetrator is  immediately considered an “enemy” or “crazy” person, censured, not to associate with anymore. Any  Defiance of their will is a narcissistic injury that can trigger narcissistic even violent rage. All others are always to be placed in a  subservient position. All  Others either exist to meet their needs or may as well not exist at all.
Narcissistic persons  see themselves as perfect, using distortion and their false illusion known , self  projection to dump shame falsely unto onto others.
A narcissistic person  may secure a sense of superiority in the face of another person’s ability by using contempt to minimize the other person.
The  narcissistic person  who is feeling deflated does often  re-inflate by diminishing, debasing, or degrading somebody else. In other words a Slave driver, a control freak and  Bully as well.
It was Christ who said, “You will know them by their fruits.” And Christ went on to say, “Not everyone who says to me Lord, Lord.” shall even enter the kingdom of heaven next.”” Not everyone who says to me Lord, Lord, will enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my father who is in heaven.” Which includes manifesting the fruit of the holy Spurt.
2 Corinthians 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Ephesians 5″:9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood, as to understand;
The Word of God also tells us, “There are none good, no not one.” There are none inherently or presently totally good. “All always are sinners and all fall short of the glory of God.”
John 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
John 14 16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
John 15: 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
Zephaniah 2:3 Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD’S anger.
1 Corinthians 4:21 What will ye? shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love, and in the spirit of meekness?
Galatians 6;1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
Ephesians 4:2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
Colossians 3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
1 Timothy 6:11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
2 Timothy 2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
Titus 3:2 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.
James 1:21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
James 3:13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
1 John 1:5    This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Romans 12:1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”
God created us to live our lives focused on Him. His purpose from the very beginning was that we should be “God-conscious,” not “self-conscious.”  Self-consciousness is just another way of saying self-centeredness, and self-centeredness really is the root of all grief, sin.
Self denial is not to deny one’s personality, it is instead the turning away from the idolatry of self centeredness and every attempt to orient one’s life by the dictates of self interest, Narcissism. “Denying ro oneself” is a consequence of true Christian faith, as it is not done not by ones works or legalistic obedience to the law,and the act leads one forward into the full life “in Christ.”
Galatians 2:  16    Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. 17    But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid. 18    For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. 19    For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. 20    I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. 21    I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. 
Matthew 10:24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. 25  “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 26  “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 27) “For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and WILL THEN REPAY EVERY MAN ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS.
Luke 9:22    Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day. 23    And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. 24    For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. 25    For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?
Matt 10:38 38 “And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.; 39) “He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it.;
Luke 14 :27 “Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. 28  “For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it? 29) “Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him, 30  saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ 31) “Or what king, when he sets out to meet another king in battle, will not first sit down and consider whether he is strong enough with ten thousand men to encounter the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 32) “Or else, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. 33  “So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions.
In the Roman cultural context, “carrying the cross” was tacit admission that the criminal was wrong and that the death sentence was just. Death by crucifixion is what God still demands of you as well.
The first concern in the full, victorious,  Holy Spirit filled  life Christian life is dealing with the sin-controlled life as  trying to conquer all the many sins in our lives is hopeless without dealing with the root of sin — SELF.We may confess our sin all we like, but if we fail to die to self, that self will continue to produce sin. As our self centered life, unconfessed, continual  sin breaks our fellowship with God. Isaiah 59:2 tells us, “your iniquities have separated you from your God… that He will not hear”. God utterly hates sin in any form. To deal with sin, we need to agree with God about it, see it as He sees it, hate it as He hates it, and turn our back on it, Self is no longer to reign. “Reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin” (Romans 6:11). Surrender your entire self-life for God to put to death, to  crucify it with Jesus, and let the empowerment of the Holy Spirit now rather control it..  Jesus Himself uses the symbol of cross to represent the need of dying to self  five times (Matt 10:38; 16:24-26; Mark 8:34-35; Luke 9:23-24; 14:27).    It’s as hopeless as trying to kill a weed by cutting off its leaves. As long as even a part of the root is left in the ground, it will produce more leaves. Self is the root and sin is the leaves. Sinful character traits and attitudes are only leaves on the weed root of self.  Dying to self is commanded in several Scriptures: “reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin” (Romans 6:11); “put to death your members” (Colossians 3:5); “put off the old man” (Ephesians 4:22 and Colossians 3:9); “they have crucified the flesh” (Galatians 5:24 and 2:20). The uniform message is: “you are dead in Christ; therefore die.” Dying to self does not destroy the real person, but rather it does deals with what pollutes and destroys you  the real person in Christ. That selfish, sinful nature contaminates us and prevents Christ’s victorious, Holy Spirit filled  life to be evidenced in us, until it is reckoned (counted) as dead. .Thank God for delivering you now  from self-centeredness, as an ongoing step of faith. We already do know this deliverance is His will, and “if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us (and) we have the petitions that we have asked of Him” (1 John 5:14-15).
Matthew 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?;
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Are you another Judiazer, a false Sabbath day worshipper?

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NOW ABOUT THOSE DEMONIC LED PEOPLE WHO FALSELY STILL TRY TO MAKE YOU WORSHIP ON THE SEVENTH DAY, THE SABBATH, AND THAT IS NOT THE ONLY FALSE BONDAGE THEY DO TRY TO PUT ON YOU FOR SURE..  AFTER ALL THE DEVIL IS LEADING THEM TO DO ALL THIS AND NOT GOD.  http://witnessed.wordpress.com/2014/01/01/holy-spirit-ignorant-persons-do-teach-lies-rather-too-often/

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Matthew 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

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Most people take isolated verse and twist them to suit what they want others to believe still

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Romans 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

2 Corinthians 6:1 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.

Ephesians 5:6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.

Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” -Romans 16:17-18 KJV

“Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I  found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.” -Jude 1:3-4

(Isa 30:1 KJV) Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin:

(Gal 2:3 KJV) 4 And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage: 5 To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.

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Let me be very clear that the devil and his demon followers will try to seduce you in your mind, in your sleep and if he here does not succeed he will send a person to you, one of his clear followers, another false angel of light now too, and to try to do this as well now they will do this by phone, email, personal visit and they also will ask you to do something wrong on their behalf and/or falsely ask you to take sides in a fight or a dispute

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Is the Sabbath Day Still Valid Today?  No. The Sabbath was a ceremonial law given only to a specific people (the Jews), during a specific time period (the Old Testament), in a specific region (Palestine). The Sabbath was an object lesson for the Jews, picturing the coming Messiah in Whom believers rest for salvation. When men cease from their self-righteous labors, and rest upon the redeeming blood sacrifice of the Son of God, they are saved (1st Peter 1:18,19). Colossians 2:14-17 plainly teach that the Old Testament ceremonial laws are no longer applicable concerning Christians or Jews… “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ” (Colossians 2:16-17 — Note: All Scriptures are quoted from the trustworthy King James Bible).

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Jesus is our Sabbath today, in Whom we completely rest for salvation. God required the death penalty in the Old Testament for a man who  merely picked up some sticks on the sabbath Day (likely to make a fire). Why did God require the man’s death? It is because picking up sticks represents Human Effort in salvation, which is a road to Hell. The Sabbath represents resting solely in Christ Jesus for salvation. Adding even one work negates, corrupts and cancels God’s free gift of grace. Romans 3:20 warns that no flesh can be justified by the keeping of the Law of God. Salvation is by faith alone!
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Today we honor the “Lord’s Day” on Sunday, the first day of the week, when Jesus rose from the dead; but this is voluntary and not obligatory. It is grace and not law. It was a much better time in America when stores and shops all drew down their shades on Sunday to prevent window shopping. People used to honor the Lord. We’ve lost our nation today because we have forsaken the God of the Bible.;

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Charles Taze Russell was the founder of Zion’s Watch  Tower magazine in 1879, which evolved into the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Russell  started out as a Seventh Day Adventist, a cult which observes the Jewish  Sabbath, and was an anti-Trinitarian of the Arian school. According to the Watchtower  Observer, “Russell taught that the Jewish people and nation have a leading  role in the Divine Plan for man, and accordingly during the year 1910 he spoke  to vast Jewish audiences, comforting them according to the Scripture, Isa. 40:2…  He encouraged them not to join the various churches of today but to wait  for the fulfilment of the many Old Testament promises that they would be blessed  as a nation. While they were yet a scattered and dispersed people, he said, upon  the basis of these promises, that they would be regathered to Palestine and  established as an independent nation.” Russell was regarded as a “Christian  Zionist, often invited to speak before orthodox Jewish groups… In addition, his  views on Zionism have been hailed by the likes of former Israeli Prime Minister,  Benjamin Netanyahu, and former United Nations Ambassador, Jeane Kirkpatrick.”  (CTR: The Truth)

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Too many persons here too are wrongfully these days adding or taking away from the word of God, the Bible and that is why there is so much disputes, different contradictory wrings in the Churches also these days.. of course this happens cause there will be always the wolves now amongst us as well, those followers of the devil who want to destroy the word of God too

“But in vain do they worship me, teaching as their teachings commandments of men. For, leaving the commandment of God, ye hold what is delivered by men to keep”, Mark 7: 7-8.

“Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and our gathering together unto him, that you be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, that the day of Christ is at hand.” — 2 Thess. 2:1,2.Apostle Peter tells us in his second letter (1.16,19-2.3): For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty …. We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place …. Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that brought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you

(1 Tim 1:7 KJV) Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.(Heb 5:12 KJV) For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.

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Still our best personal help basically comes not by listening to other people but personally, daily abiding in God’s word alone.. our help is still not in people, their mere books, sermons, tapes, videos, but dwelling in the Bible alone .. really!!! And all of our Salvation, Deliverance Healing still comes to us by Jesus Christ, not by the OBSERVING THE REDUNDANT NOW LAWS,  LISTENING  TO AND WORSHIPING THE Jews or   anything else….

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(John 1:1 KJV) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

(John 1:10 KJV) He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

(1 John 1:1 KJV) That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; 2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and show unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) 3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. 5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

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Many many persons do even today, these days misinterpret the Bible, it’s passages even firstly cause of their own real ignorance of what specifically the whole Bible says, and they as a result also do falsely rely on what others tell them.. which too often is still mere falsehood and lies.

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One still personally cannot try thus to study the Bible, Old or New Testament in the flesh, without the spirit of God’s HELP who helped to write it now as well.

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(Rom 8:2 KJV) For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

(Rom 8:5 KJV) For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

(1 Cor 2:14 KJV) But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

(2 Cor 3:6 KJV) Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

(Gal 3:14 KJV) That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

(Gal 5:18 KJV) But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.

(Gal 6:8 KJV) For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

(2 Tim 2:15 KJV) Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

(2 Tim 2:16 KJV) But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

(2 Tim 2:19 KJV) Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity

(2 Cor 11:4 KJV) For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

You  are using still their corrupted, unregenerated, human spirit to try to understand God and his truths and not by the Holy Spirit so they clearly here will fail at it still too. I also know some people have their minds falsely made up about a lot of things based even on the false teaching of their denomination and it would be a great shock to their system to admit it may be wrong..

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Christians met regularly on the first day of the week (our Sunday), not the Sabbath day (our Saturday) (Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:2). In honor of Christ’s resurrection on Sunday, a day to especially worship Jesus Christ. It is not recorded anywhere in God’s Word that He imposed Sabbath-keeping on any holy men of God (or anyone else), nor how to keep the Sabbath before the Law of Moses was given about 1425 B.C., more than 2,500 years after Creation! Adam, Noah, Enoch , Abraham, Isaac, Jacob (Israel), Joseph all did not observe the Sabbath and many others.True Christians, whether born-again Jews or Gentiles, have entered the Sabbath Rest which is Jesus Christ. Jesus, himself, did not keep the Sabbath. On the Sabbath, “Jesus said to them [the Jews], ‘My Father is always at His work to this very day, and I, too, am working.’ For this reason the Jews tried all the harder to kill Him; not only was He breaking the Sabbath, but He was even calling God His own Father, making himself equal with God” (John 5:17-18). Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for He does not keep the Sabbath” (John 9:16).Jesus did not sin, by not keeping the Sabbath, because He was, and is, sinless. Indeed, Jesus is The Sabbath, in whom Christians (saved Jews and Gentiles) rest. All those who have not been born again, whether Jews or Gentiles, have not entered into The Sabbath rest. The Messianic Jews, Seventh Day Adventists and some other Sabbatarians are still so deceived and so hung up on the Sabbath (which none really keep) that they go to the absurd extreme of claiming that worshipping on the Lord’s Day is taking the mark of the beast!

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Messianic Jews, Judaizer , Seventh day Adventist what do they have in common? well they follow the old testament laws for a start, those laws that God has given for the Jewish people alone to observe and not to the Christian Persons.. Christian persons follow solely the laws of the New Testament..
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Now about the Judaizers
v. Ju·da·ized, Ju·da·iz·ing, Ju·da·iz·es. v.tr. To bring into conformity with Judaism. v.intr. To adopt Jewish customs and beliefs. ( Not the Christian ones)
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Now if I eat meat, can I still claim to be a vegetarian? No, of course not!
 
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Could you be Christian and DENY Jesus and his finished work on the cross as well? NO
 
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SO WITH THE Same logic. You can’t be Jewish, a Jew, a Judiazer and also now EMBRACE Jesus.
 
Almost a Christian is not the same thing as being a real Christian.
 
 
What a really mess this all is with many people following their own religion version basically and not the true religion of Jesus Christ found in the New Testament. Do they even rightfully firstly understand that Christianity teaches that Judaism is the ‘old’ covenant which Christianity has replaced? As nobody today can follow both religions; for they are mutually exclusive.
 
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I agree that once you accept Jesus, you’re a Christian and no longer a Jew or a messianic Jew nor a Seventh Day Adventist…
 
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Acts 20:7 And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.
 
1 Corinthians 16:2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.
 
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We already know that Colossians 2:6-17 says God abolished the Sabbath..
 
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Colossians 2:6-17 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
 
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And Constantine was what 300 years later AFTER JESUS…. The first Pope did not exist until 606 AD! (over 500 years too late) This is far too late because Christians were meeting on Sundays from the earliest record of history. Now neither the Pope or Emperor Constantine still did not change the Sabbath to Sunday. do you really know what you are even talking about now? in GOD’s name Judiazer do Now for the GRACE of GOD DO NOW stop your lies.. “

The apostle Paul cautions the Philippians against Judaizing false teachers, apostle Paul  SPECIFICALLY calls them evil-workers..  as they work hard at trying to falsely destroy the Christian faith..   Messianic Judaism is not just Christianity for Jews or even Christianity in a Jewish context. It is the modern equivalent of the “Judaizers” who plagued the New Testament in the time of the apostles.   Because of a false infatuation still with Judaism and Israel, Messianic Jews,  Zionists Christians evangelicals, and others falsely do   encourage the establishment of what Revelation calls “ Babylon the Great,” a rising system of anti-Christ Jewish control and oppression centering in Jerusalem.  They falsely do glorify an apostate religious system of which Christ said He would never be seen in again until they say, “Blessed is He (Jesus) that comes in the name of the Lord.” (Matthew 23:39)   Jesus called this rejected system the “synagogue of Satan” for a good reason. Talmudic Judaism masterminded our Lord’s crucifixion. It went on to become the foundation of the modern world revolutionary movement, spawning communism, liberalism, and Jewish financial and media control.  This modern, Christ-rejecting Judaism is now nothing of which to be proud. Christ and the New Testament command us to beware of it (Matthew 16:6, Philippians 3:2, etc.) and flee from “ Babylon” on penalty of loss of our souls. Paul told Peter he “stood condemned” for allowing such Judaizers to again impose the bondage of circumcision. (Galatians 2) But many of today’s Messianic Judaizers want to do much more: impose not just mandatory circumcision on their followers but the entirety of the Old Testament law! What is real Christian spiritual? It is submission  Jesus. Just as He gave up everything in death for our redemption, so we must give ourselves completely to Him as His bride. “Any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:33) Complete repentance and surrender of self is all Jesus truly wants from us. Messianic Jews falsely do not do this.
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Wake up Christians!! There is a concerted demonic,  Jewish effort to destroy you. Will you continue to sleep through it all while the antichrist teachings  brainwashes you even more? They are busy changing the religion of Christ into a lawless “Judeo” religion that will bring nothing but your demise.and despair.
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2 Cor 11:1  Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me.2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. 5 For I suppose I was not a whit behind the very chiefest apostles.6 But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been throughly made manifest among you in all things.7 Have I committed an offence in abasing myself that ye might be exalted, because I have preached to you the gospel of God freely?8 I robbed other churches, taking wages of them, to do you service.9 And when I was present with you, and wanted, I was chargeable to no man: for that which was lacking to me the brethren which came from Macedonia supplied: and in all things I have kept myself from being burdensome unto you, and so will I keep myself. 10 As the truth of Christ is in me, no man shall stop me of this boasting in the regions of Achaia.11 Wherefore? because I love you not? God knoweth.12 But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we.13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works
 
1 Cor 11:1, 1    Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
 
Colossians 3:24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
 
Matthew 4:19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

The Bible states directly that God will break the bond of brotherhood between Judah and Israel in the LAS DAYS (Zech. 11:10 And I took my staff, even Beauty, and cut it asunder, that I might break my covenant which I had made with all the people. 11 And it was broken in that day: and so the poor of the flock that waited upon me knew that it was the word of the LORD. 12 And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver. 13 And the LORD said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the LORD. 14 Then I cut asunder mine other staff, even Bands, that I might break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel. 15 And the LORD said unto me, Take unto thee yet the instruments of a foolish shepherd. 16 For, lo, I will raise up a shepherd in the land, which shall not visit those that be cut off, neither shall seek the young one, nor heal that that is broken, nor feed that that standeth still: but he shall eat the flesh of the fat, and tear their claws in pieces. 17 Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened. ).

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This rupture is symbolized by a staff that God names “bands.” Most PEOPLE today would say that Judah is Israel. But it is not! This passage in Zechariah is one of many that proves Israel and Judah are not one and the same. JESUS CHRIST IS FROM THE TRIBE OF Judah, AND THE RUPTURE HAS ALREADY OCCURRED..

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Jesus himself now had replaced Judaism,  had made obsolete Judaism..had destroyed  their Temple now too as it was no longer needed   .

http://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/LVstudies/GospelAccounts/a47FallOfJerusalem.html

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Many people know and read the Bible, preach it too so what? many of them are still going to hell cause they are on the wrong track of following  self over God..

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There is a need to still  hear continually,  personally, directly from the Holy Spirit and his words to you at all times.. and not from mere men.. 

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The Holy Spirit will still then lead you to Jesus Christ solely and his words, all those even  found in the New testament..  and we all do  also need to be leading all people to Jesus Christ  too..  1 Corinthians 2″2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. God uses his Word to do this.  Rom 10:17 “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing from the Word of Christ.” Faith comes from hearing, hearing what?; hearing from the mouth, the Word of Christ.

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There are many false alternative revelations that are not from God  still,  many things you can preach or hear  today, even those items from your lusts, your schooling, philosophies, trends, fads of thinking, what your parents told  you, your pastors- teachers told l you, your friends tell you, what society tells you, what professors and so-called thinkers. leaders do  tells you. All what the devil tells you too.. and still  all claiming  to be the truth, in God’s will .

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 But if it contradicts the world of God, the Bible, the Holy Spirit. and you have to known them all three now  well too,  or it makes you get your eyes of Jesus  and His Words, it is still now only all from the devil. 1 Corinthians 1: 23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness;

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If you do not even know firstly also the Holy Spirit, as you are not even yet walking with Him then really are re you not still mostly putting your faith in things that are all false?

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Are you really honestly  listening then now  to the Word of Christ or the word of the devil? 1 Jn 3:2 “Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when He appears we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him as He is. 1 Jn 3:3 And everyone who thus hopes in Him purifies himself as He is pure.” Purity can come only when the personal Word of God to us still has not been corrupted with man’s thinking and philosophies, even though they are deep and the revelations of demons.

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Only believing in the pure undiluted Holy Spirit taught Word of God  can it  bring one the real faith. Anything else is of the devil and will bring you next death and destruction. Rom 14:23 “But the one who doubts is condemned if he partakes, because he does not do so from faith, and everything that is not from faith is sin.” Your time is now, your opportunity is now, the choices you make will take you deeper into corruption or deeper into the real faith. Unconfessed Sin will keep you away from the truth.

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 If you listen to, obey  the personal  undiluted Word of God you get and have the real faith, but if you choose instead  the  false philosophical revelations of the devil, you get deceived  with corruption and you are building your house on the sand. The devil speaks the truth too like the young woman who had an evil spirit that spoke the truth about Paul and his associates.

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There is only one Truth and that is the person of Jesus of the Bible, not even  the Jesus of your own making. If that offends you, if you’re offended by the Truth, then you have a very chilling fate awaiting you in Hell  Even if you claim to be a preacher,  Pastor now too..

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Now I know specifically the truths that God has taught me personally even the last 30 years as a Pastor  so I can more easily now spot the much too many wolves in sheep clothing rather too.. so should we all…. the Holy Spirit still confirms it all to me too.. that is the reality..

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Do see also

https://anyonecare.wordpress.com/2013/09/16/so-what-about-the-sabbath/

https://anyonecare.wordpress.com/2013/12/27/are-you-a-watchtower-slave/

https://anyonecare.wordpress.com/2013/12/28/you-are-a-messianc-jew/

https://anyonecare.wordpress.com/2013/12/29/mormons-the-still-lost-souls/

https://anyonecare.wordpress.com/2013/12/29/islam-muslims-the-reality/

https://anyonecare.wordpress.com/2013/07/06/who-are-the-abrahamss-seed/

https://anyonecare.wordpress.com/2013/09/16/christians-are-gods-true-jews-today/

https://anyonecare.wordpress.com/2013/09/16/there-is-no-difference-between-the-jew-and-the-greek/

http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/False%20Religions/Seventh-Day%20Adventist/sda_cult.htm

http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/False%20Religions/Seventh-Day%20Adventist/seventh_day_adventist_cult.htm

http://witnessed.wordpress.com/2014/01/01/did-you-also-know-these-truths/

http://witnessed.wordpress.com/2014/01/01/holy-spirit-ignorant-persons-do-teach-lies-rather-too-often/

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